Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

309703 v.1 Graduate Certificate in Health in Ageing


This course is not available to International Onshore Students on Student Visas


This course is designed to prepare registered nurses for their nursing role in the care of older people across a range of clinical settings, within a wellness to illness. Key elements of the curriculum are critical thinking, professional accountability, gerontology assessment skills, evidenced based practice and competence to practice. To provide for the development of competency in clinical decision making and clinical judgement the curriculum includes a preceptored practicum.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

Prospective students must be a nurse registered in Division One, Western Australia with a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) or its equivalent. Alternate mode of entry will be offered to nurses registered in Division One with the Nurses Board, but without an undergraduate degree. Non-degree applicants must meet the School of Nursing and Midwifery's criteria for alternate entry. International applicants must be registered in Division One with the Nurses Board of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Science Degree or its equivalent and meet the English competency as per the University's entrance requirements.

Specific Requirements



Prospective students are advised that a police clearance may be required for students in specific courses offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Students may also be required to have current competency in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

The fee-paying course is one semester full time or part time equivalent.

Course Organisation

Students will complete the clinical practice unit in an approved clinical setting under the preceptorship of an experienced gerontological nurse.

Career Opportunities

Graduates find work within residential aged care providers, within aged care units in hospitals or rehabilitation centres, and in community centres.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Special Note

Prospective students are advised to contact the relevant course coordinator to determine whether the University's policy on communicable diseases applies to specific courses offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery before making application for the course. Please refer to the general section at the front of this handbook.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

307484 v.1   Diagnostics 561 4.0 25.0
309704 v.1   Health in Ageing Nursing Specialisation 562 50.0
309705 v.1   Health in Ageing Nursing Practice 562 25.0


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1       Y  
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 2       Y  

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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